Earlier this week we reported on a rumour that Twitter was about to launch a photo-sharing service and today it’s been officially unveiled.
In a blog post today, Twitter outlined how the service will work and how it will be rolled out around the world over the coming two weeks. “Millions of people share photos on Twitter every day. We're going to make that easier than ever. Over the next several weeks, we'll be releasing a feature to upload a photo and attach it to your Tweet right from Twitter.com.” As well as viewing photos from the official website, tweeters will be able to use this service from the official mobile apps and all this will be possible thanks to the Photobucket who will be hosting the images. For those without smartphones but still with a hankering to tweet a picture, there will be the possibility to upload photos to Twitter via MMS and the company is currently working with carriers to make this happen.
With the addition of photos, Twitter has also revamped the search system on the site. Twitter claims that not only will it deliver more relevant Tweets when you search for something or click on a trending topic, but it will also show you related photos and videos, right there on the results page. The extra search functionality is extended if you are using the new Firefox with Twitter you can type a #hashtag or @username directly into the address bar to go right to a search results page as you can see in the image below.
It’s been a busy couple of days for Twitter, as on Tuesday it also launched a new Follow button which will enable users to subscribe to the Twitter feeds of companies and individuals directly from their websites with a single click. In a move which is seen as a direct competition with Facebook’s ‘Like’ button and Google’s recently released plus 1 button. The benefit for websites will be that users won’t have to be redirected away from the site in order to follow their Twitter accounts. Websites looking to add the Follow button can do so here.